Monday, October 31, 2011

Dewey Dragon's Laboratory

Little Dewey Dragon is down in his lab, hidden deep in the castle.  What mischief could he be cooking up this Halloween?  Big brother dragon is secretly peeking in to make sure he isn't getting into too much trouble. 

                             Dewey Dragon's Laboratory

Laboratory close up

Dragon close up

Dewey Dragon  DT-018-E
Dragon Eyes - Lg.  CH-780-H
Potions Lab Bench  AP-510-I
Round Stone Window  CH-656-I
Cracked Wall  CH-597-A
Wall Stones  CH-620-C

Starting with Dewey, stamp with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on Neenah white cardstock.  Mask Dewey and stamp the lab and cracked wall using a stamp positioner.  Color all with Copic markers and cut out in a jagged pattern around the scene. 

Stamp the Round Stone Window twice on Neenah cardstock.  Mask one of the windows and stamp the Large Dragon Eyes, so one of the eyes is centered in the window. Color all with Copics and cut out both windows.  Glue the empty cut out window on top of the other window for extra dimension.

Using a cracked paint design paper (the one I used  was a scrap I had so I don't know the company) stamp Wall Stones in Memento London Fog randomly and shade lightly with Copics.  Glue dragon eye window and Dewey's lab in place on the design paper.  Shadow around the edges of the lab with Copics. 

Sponge edges of background with Frayed Burlap and Pumice Stone Distress Ink.  Mat on orange cardstock that has the edges distressed with Fired Brick Distress Ink and mat on black cardstock.

Happy Halloween!!


Monday, October 24, 2011

Last Ride

For this Halloween project I decided to create a scene that might have come out of a Gothic novel. This scene could be the beginning or the ending to a story filled with mystery, suspense and perhaps the supernatural.

Last Ride

The lg Cemetery Gate CM-253-U, Bare Branches Set CM-BBR-X stamps, and small Wolf Moon CM-010-D stamp created by Third Coast's talented artist Cindy Milliron were perfect for this project. The carriage hearse is cut from a piece of design paper by Moxxie called "Dead on Arrival," part of their Midnight Dreary series. 

Below is a close up of the Cemetery Gate and all of it's fabulous details.

I started by stamping the Cemetery Gate with Versafine Onyx Black ink and heat embossing with clear detail embossing powder.  Then I colored the image with Copic markers and fussy cut it out using a craft knife for the detail work.  The carriage hearse is a section of design paper glued down.  Then the bare branches and moon were stamped also in Versafine black and clear heat embossed.  The moon was colored with Copics.  Then I sponged the sky background and slightly onto the design paper with Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs and last added a touch of Mustard Seed especially for the halo around the moon.  Next I glued the gate in place, and last of all added a finishing touch by highlighting the moon's reflection with a Ranger white gel pen. This was a fun project to make.

Halloween is getting close - only a week from today.  Have a great last week in October and thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Steampunk Vivian - Sassy Studio Designs 500 Member Progressive Challenge

Below is my entry in the 4th and final step of the progressive challenge at Sassy Studio Designs, celebrating reaching 500 members on Paper Craft Planet with a Sassy Steampunk Party. 

Steampunk Vivian

DCWV design paper was used.  Vivian was colored with Copic markers and accented with a gold gel pen.  The gears and flowers and button are Tim Holtz, Spellbinders and Stampin' Up dies.  Some of them are heat embossed with brass embossing powder. The rest are sponged with Distress Ink.  The gold flower was added for a little extra bling.

A fantastic party and challenge ladies.  Thanks for all the fun and all the super fabulous images.


Friday, October 21, 2011

Steampunk Victoria - 500 Progressive Challenge Sassy Studio Designs.

Below is my entry in the 3rd step of the progressive challenge at Sassy Studio Designs, celebrating reaching 500 members on Paper Craft Planet with a Sassy Steampunk Party. 

Steampunk Victoria

Victoria close up

DCWV Design paper used.  Victoria is colored with Copic markers and gold gel pen accents.  The gears are from Tim Holtz Gadget Gears die and Spellbinders Sprightly Sprockets dies.  They are heat embossed with brass and platinum detail embossing powders.  The other embellishments are: bird cut from DCWV paper, old recycled playing cards and Jolees' mini playing cards - Aces and Eights!! 

Thanks for stopping by and thanks Sassy Studio Designs for a fun and sassy challenge.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Steampunk Amelia - 500 Progressive Challenge Sassy Studio Designs

Here is my entry for the 2nd step in the progressive challenge at Sassy Studio Designs.  They are celebrating reaching 500 members on Paper Craft Planet with a Sassy Steampunk Party.

Steampunk Amelia

Close up of Amelia

Side view of card

Papers used - DCWV and Neenah. She is colored with Copics.  Clock is a Tim Holtz Die. Gears are Tim Holtz and Spellbinders dies.  Clock and gears embossed with brass and platinum embossing powders.

Thanks for looking and thanks for a fun challenge and great images from Sassy Studio Designs.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Steampunk Josephine - Sassy Studio Designs Celebrating 500 Steampunk Progressive Challenge

Sassy Studio Designs is celebrating reaching 500 members on Papercraft Planet.  Part of the celebration is a week-long steampunk progressive challenge.   This first challenge - create a project with Steampunk Josephine using metal embellishments. Post and link your creation by Monday, 8 pm PST (tonight) and you will receive image #2 in the challenge. 

Steampunk Josephine

Close up of Josephine.

Sideview showing how the gears and image are popped up.

Close up of the gears and flower cutouts.

Josephine was a fun image to work with.  She is colored with Copic markers and a few dabs of gold gel pen and Star dust Stickles, then popped up with dimensional foam tape.

The gears are made from Tim Holtz's Gadget Gears die and Spellbinder's Sprightly Sprockets set of dies.  These are all heat embossed with PSX Detail Brass and Detail Platinum embossing powders and popped up with dimensional foam tape.  The metal embellishments added are the gold flower and 2 spirals on top of the gears.  I don't know where they came from - they've been in my stash for years just waiting for the right project.  I added a dab of Stickles in the center of each of them.

The papers used are by DCWV - Tradewinds and Textures & Finishes.  The top corner flower is cut out and glued down.  The bottom corner flowers and compass rose are cut with a craft knife, but still attached to the map paper allowing me to insert the piece of design paper with the radiating starburst behind the flowers.  Both papers are sponged lightly around the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  These are matted on metallic gold paper from the Textures & Finishes design paper stack.

A fun challenge and great party celebration at Sassy Studio Designs.  Congratulations on reaching 500 members on paper Craft Planet.  Thanks for the fabulous Steampunk Josephine freebie. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great Monday.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

First Kiss 69th Wedding Anniversary

This anniversary card is for my in-laws who will be celebrating their 69th wedding anniversary shortly.  That's quite an accomplishment! 

First Kiss!

Inside of card says, "After so many years each kiss still feels like the first."

The front of the card and both sentiments are images from Happileigh Scrappin's "First Kiss" stamp set.  The image on the inside is "Tom and Tilly" from Mo's Digital Pencil. 

The images on the front and inside are colored with Copic Markers. then cut out around the colored halo and matted on Tim Holtz, then DCWV design paper after sponging around the edges with Distress Ink and adding the two colors of  ribbon.  The First Kiss Image is actually 2 layers - the first one is colored and glued directly on the paper.  The second one is popped up on top of the first with dimensional foam tape to give it more dimension.. 

The "Happy Anniversary" is also matted on the same 2 design papers whose edges are also sponged with Distress Ink.  This is also popped up with foam tape.  Both the image and sentiment pieces are added to another piece of DCWV paper and a mottled pink cardstock.  Stickles were added for a finishing touch.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by.

Witchy Mutt M-eats Spider!

Third Coast's Witchy Mutt is up to some mischief again. This time she's out for an evening snack. Poor Spider!!

Stamps used (all Third Coast):
Witchy Mutt AP-522-H (Halloween 2011 new release)
Large Web CH-378-E
Spider Descending - CK-105-A

I stamped this little scene to look like a comic strip and is actually 3 pictures arranged in a series. The images are stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black on white cardstock and colored with Copics. The dog tag and buckle on the hat are colored with a gold gel pen. The horizon line in the pictures is drawn with a ruler and Copic Black Multiliner pen. The backgrounds are also colored with Copics, with darker areas for the shadows.

As you can see in the individual picture frames, to add interest and depth to the corners with the spider webs, I cut off the corners behind the webs along the curved edges of the web and added the stamped web on another piece of cardstock behind the first one. All three pictures are matted on black, dark yellow-orange, and black cardstock.

Thanks for looking. Have a great day.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Patches the Ghost

This week's image at Designed2Delight's Friday challenge is Patches the Ghost,  the last image in the progressive challenge for September. 

A quick, simple, but fun Halloween card.  The image and background are colored with Copic markers.  I added some Stickles and orange gems in the corner for a bit of bling.  The image is matted on dark navy and pale olive cardstock.  For a finishing touch, I drew a green border around the outside edge with a G24 Copic marker.

Thanks for looking.  Hope you're having a great week.  The fall colors here are spectacular.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

World Card Making Day

It's World Card Making Day and I am participating in an official blog hop sponsored by Paper Crafts magazine.  Here is the link to the blog list. 

Here is my card for the World Card Making Day blog hop.

Getting Ready for Christmas

The little elves are helping Santa get ready for Christmas by hanging up the "Merry Little Christmas" sign and the reindeer is giving one of the elves a boost up so he can reach the words.

All stamps used are from Third Coast:
Reindeer CO-066-J
Merry Little Christmas WS-091-B
Stardust Starry Corner Ch-92-G
Edward Elf ES-086-B
Edwin Elf ES-088-B
Edgar Elf ES-087-B

I stamped the sentiment first with Memento Ink, then colored with Copics. Stamped the reindeer and elves on a separate piece of white cardstock using a stamp positioner, colored with Copics and cut out. Stamped the starry corners also with Memento Ink and colored with Copics. Sponged the snowdrifts with Stampin' Up Baja Breeze Ink using a Post- It Note for a mask. Glued the elves and reindeer in place. Brushed Stickles on the snowdrifts and green areas of the starry corners. Matted the main image on dark red then light olive green cardstock.
I hope you got a chance to have some fun and make a card on this World Card Making Day.